Man Dead Following Route 59 Cycle-Truck Crash

Plainfield police say they do not know what caused a Shorewood man to lose control of his pickup truck and roll into oncoming traffic, killing a motorcycle driver.

A Naperville motorcycle driver was killed Saturday afternoon after being struck by an out-of-control pickup truck that crossed a Route 59 median and rolled into oncoming traffic, said.

Route 59 was closed for hours between 135th Street and 143rd Street as police reconstructed the accident in which George A. Weikum, 58, was hit while driving his 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on Route 59, just north of Joseph Street, according to a police report issued Saturday night.

Police did not spectulate on what may have caused David C. Dietrich, 32, of Shorewood, to lose control of his 2005 Ford pickup at about 4:30 p.m. Dietrich's truck crossed the center median, rolled over and struck Weikum.

Weikum was pronounced dead on the scene. Dietrich was transported to Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet; the extent of his injuries was not released.

The Plainfield Police Crash Reconstruction Unit remained on the scene through late Saturday night.

Laura B. Scarff October 10, 2011 at 03:18 AM
Julie...it was a blessing to meet you today....and was able to pass on your information to the family. Your words have gotten me through this day....and will be of great comfort to all of us who are grieving this senseless accident. You were Georges angel! Thank you
The Sentinel October 10, 2011 at 12:10 PM
Thanks. He'll never be able to say "I'm sorry" enough.
Johnny October 10, 2011 at 10:53 PM
I was there driving my motorcycle when it happened. My friend and I saw the whole cloud of dirt and debris up in the air. As we got closer we realized there was a motorcycle on the floor and a poor Mr Weikum lying there. Dietrich was stumbling around as if to be looking for something. He mentioned to someone there that he was looking for his gun or guns. (does any know if they found any?) I kept looking at Mr Weikum chest to see if he was breating but saw nothing. I wish i had done more but was in shock my self. The family that lived in the corner house ran to the scene right away and starting talking to him and saying nice things like hold on help is on the way. Had my friend and I not have to get gas we may have also been in the path.. I hope I can get sleep tonight but I cant get those images out of my mind. My Prayers go out to both families.
rickybobby October 10, 2011 at 11:32 PM
How bout him being drunk?? Maybe that has something to do with losing control of the car!!! He was probably drunk driving and texting. He hit a curb then tried to get it back and rolled the truck.
The Sentinel October 11, 2011 at 12:17 AM
ricky, I have a sneaky feeling that they've already thought of that. Like, maybe, a few minutes after it happened.


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